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A 48-year-old member asked:

how are ovarian cysts first found?

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Dr. Michael Fox
Fertility Medicine 34 years experience
Usually nothing: As infertility specialists, we often encounter cysts of various descriptions in patients with no pain. The medical system has labelled cysts as a pain causing problem due to the fact that after evaluation with no findings, doctors and patients are uncomfortable with, "i don't know what's causing your pain but it's not serious." most cysts are found on testing for other problems or pelvic pain.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any signs for the ovarian cysts?

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pain in the pelvis: Ovarian cysts , many are found during an ultrasound exam, that are asymptomatic and benign. Pelvic pain, pain on intercourse, pelvic distension / fullness, should be worked up by your primary care / and- or gyn.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do ovarian cysts vary in size?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Some ovarian cysts are quite large, like the size of a grapefruit. Others are very small and they can be any size in between.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are ovarian cysts normal?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on factors: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and might disappear by the next exam. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can determine the significance of cysts based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. Because not all cysts are normal, i'll share this with specialists in onc for their perspective..
Dr. Danielle Salhany
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very common in women who still have periods. The ovaries' job is to make cysts...that is where the "egg" lives. Small simple cysts are of no concerns. Larger (>5CM), complex, or if you are post menopausal, may be of greater concern. Birth control pills can help suppress ovarian cysts.
Feb 1, 2012
A 21-year-old member asked:

How exactly are ovarian cysts handled?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on factors: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and can be followed by gyn visits. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can determine the significance of cysts based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. Sometimes surgery is needed. I will share this with subspecialists in gyn for additional input.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose ovarian cysts?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Pelvic vs imaging: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam. The more complex ones need further evaluation so doctors can learn more about cysts and their management based their size, structure, timing with regard to period and to menopause, etc. I will share this with subspecialists in radiology, gyn, reproductive endo and onc for additional input.

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